Vampires and monsters and zombies all day! Oh my!


No plans for Saturday? How’s this? Sleep in, then head down to the 7th Street Theatre in Hoquiam for “Hot August Frights.” The movie day begins at noon.

You can chill out all day and watch every show for a mere $15 or catch one or two for $5 each.

In addition to the eight motion pictures, between the last four movies, you will also be treated to four short films by local Harborites, Kyle Pauley and Shannon Weiderman, who created the flicks over the past three months.

The movie marathon begins with the once-banned 1922 silent film “Nosferatu,” an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.” Stoker’s heirs sued to keep this version off screen and it was court ordered that all copies be destroyed. Somehow, some way, one survived and you have the chance to view it.

At 1:30 p.m., “Jesse James meets Frankenstein’s Daughter” (1966) graces the screen. Why wouldn’t James meet the daughter of the famous scientist when he runs from the law and hides out in Frankenstein’s castle? And, yes, there are zombies.

“Attack of the 50 Foot Woman” (1958) shows at 3 p.m. Spoiler alert: This low budget movie does not have a happy ending, but it does have aliens. Come see it for yourself.

At 4:30 p.m., the movies just keep getting better. “The Brain that Wouldn’t Die” (1962), a flick about Dr. Bill Cortner and his lovely girlfriend, Jan, who becomes decapitated in an auto accident. Luckily her talented beau doctor is able to revive her, ahem, well, at least her head. It becomes a bit more complicated at that point, so you should really see it in person.

Just in time for dinner, “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” (1978) begins at 6 p.m. This is not a vegetarian film. Enough said.

“The Terror” (1963) begins at 7:30 p.m. This low budget movie includes a French soldier played by Jack Nicholson, who wears Marlon Brando’s uniform from “Désiré.” There is also a peasant witch Katrina, played by Dorothy Neumann who is struck by lightning and well, well, you will have to see the movie to discover her fate. There is also a Baron played by Boris Karloff and his butler, played by Dick Miller. Along with costumes, many of the sets were borrowed from other movies. Even famed director Francis Ford Coppola was borrowed to shoot additional footage.

Just before bedtime, “Santa Clause Conquers the Martians” (1964) will show. Hey, even martians want their children to have presents on Christmas — a great excuse to kidnap Santa. This film is often listed in the worst 100 films ever made, but don’t let that stop you. Highlights of this motion picture features the first appearance of Mrs. Claus and includes Pia Zadora playing an 8-year-old Martian.

Rounding out the evening that you hoped would never end is “Army of Darkness” (1992) a comedy-dark fantasy film that is the third installment of the “Evil Dead” trilogy. After being pulled through a time portal, Ash Williams becomes trapped in the middle ages and must fight the undead. The film is directed by Sam Raimi (“Darkman”).

 

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